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Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlottesville rose 0.2 percentage points in January 2021 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Virginia rate. The unemployment rate in Charlottesville peaked in April 2020 at 10.2% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Charlottesville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Virginia 5.3% -0.3 +2.8
Charlottesville 4.5% +0.2 +2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Charlottesville, Virginia, National

Charlottesville, Virginia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Charlottesville peaked in April 2020 at 12,152. There are now 6,959 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,161 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 32. Charlottesville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charlottesville, Virginia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlottesville 5,193 +32 +2,233

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlottesville, Virginia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Virginia
Unemployment Rate
Charlottesville
Unemployment Rate
Charlottesville
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2%
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.5% 5,193
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.3% 5,161
November
2020
6.7% 5.8% 4.3% 5,191
October
2020
6.9% 6.1% 4.4% 5,285
September
2020
7.8% 6.6% 5.5% 6,505
August
2020
8.4% 7.0% 5.3% 6,530
July
2020
10.2% 7.9% 7.2% 8,747
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 7.7% 9,259
May
2020
13.3% 8.5% 8.3% 9,994
April
2020
14.8% 11.3% 10.2% 12,152

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.